Posts in Mindfulness
Language Matters! The Inclusive Spotlight

Language can direct our actions and shape our experience. We can only change our own interpretations of the messages we receive. I challenge you to be mindful of your words and thoughts on being inclusive.“

Which statement is more inclusive? “All people Welcome” or “Trans People Welcome”?

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Disrupt HR YVR 2019

As the sun set brilliantly over Vancouver on Thursday night, I was at Science World with hundreds of other HR enthusiasts and professionals at Disrupt HR YVR. The event included Pecha Kucha style presentations focused on mindfulness, leadership and the environment. Talent Advisor for the Vancouver Airport Authority, Emma Bradford, made one of my favourite statements: "I know you hate lunchtime yoga - I do too."

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The Full Light of Day at the Vancouver Playhouse

Last night was quiet and cold in Vancouver.  A friend compared the quiet of the downtown streets to Christmas Day in the city.  Walking from Gastown to the Vancouver Playhouse, I agreed with her.  The cold inspired calm and wonder.  Grateful to watch The Full Light of Day last night, it was our first experience watching an Electric Company Theatre production, and it was worlds away from quiet and cold. Intrigued by the company’s self-prescribed “exploration of how concept and form illuminate content” I was eager to witness how their use of light, set design and film projection would enhance the experience of the play.

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Start Where You Are

A good friend of mine recently revealed that her new year’s resolution is to listen to complete music albums rather than continuing to repeat the playlists and albums she has on repeat. Each year, she chooses an entertainment-focused resolution.  I was inspired by her intention to enjoy something she loves and expand her knowledge and appreciation of music this way.

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Thank you 2018, let's move onwards and upwards!

None of us have built careers alone; we are all standing (teetering at times) on the shoulders of giants. This was my first year truly focused on providing the services I had intended through Leading Presence. If it wasn't for colleagues and supportive friends I wouldn't n have had the gumption to set the goals I have intended for the new year. I'm grateful every day for the hope that thoughtful people have given me.

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Explore Patricia Piccinini's Curious Imaginings

In case this winter day finds you in Vancouver BC, set your expectations aside and explore Patricia Piccinini’s Curious Imaginings art installation at the Patricia Hotel – today is the last day! 

Thoughtfully displayed in an East Vancouver hotel with a footprint of more than 100 years on the city’s landscape, this captivating art exhibit challenges your perception of animal form, visual space and human emotion.

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December Dreaming: On Building Cities, Communities, and Careers

I was fortunate to attend the final Pecha Kucha Vancouver event of the year at the Vancouver Playhouse. Fascinated by this Japanese style of presentation and the evening’s focus on food and drink in Vancouver, I was pleased to watch local business leaders sweat through their presentations.  We were clearly witnessing personal challenges being conquered on stage. 

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Roles, Career Options & Sense and Sensibility

Last night I sought shelter from the hideous Vancouver rain with a friend and watched the Capilano University production of Sense and Sensibility …

On the way home, my female friend and I discussed how expectations for women in the workplace have changed; we also discussed how they haven’t changed altogether.  She asked if I would have been happier in Austen’s lifetime where roles were defined and accepted. 

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Listen to Learn: My Week in Silence

I had a fascinating experience which resulted from a terrible cold, and completely lost my voice for a week.  It was a surprisingly unsettling experience.  I wasn’t able to participate in discussions at work, or defend any recent decisions vocally, and I was grateful that I had no immediate needs to shout for help.

As luck would have it, I had chosen the month of October to begin a mindfulness practice of setting a daily intention each morning.  The day before I lost my voice, I chose “listen to learn” as my intention.  Well universe, you got me!  Did I ever listen that week.

This is what I learned, and strive to carry with me:

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